Google cracks down on Play Store fraud and spam

If effective, this move should improve the security, quality and reputation of the Android platform

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Google will be rolling out improved detection and filtering systems to help get rid of fraudulent apps and those that include spam installs, it announced on the Android Developers blog yesterday. “Today we are announcing additional enhancements to protect the integrity of the store.”

Google says it wants to be able to provide the best experience to its users without having to show a decline in the quality of the services and products that are available on the Play Store. There have been instances when developers manipulated the placement of their apps through illegitimate means such as fraudulent installs, fake reviews and incentivised ratings.

Google’s improved detection and filtering systems have been designed to combat such manipulation attempts. Additionally, repeat offenders will be permanently shut down and banned from the Play Store.

“These attempts not only violate the Google Play Developer Policy but also harm our community of developers by hindering their chances of being discovered or recommended through our systems,” says the post. “Ultimately, they put the end users at risk of making wrong decisions based on inaccurate, unauthentic information.”

As users, we don’t have to worry about much from our end with Google watching our backs. Developers on the other hand do need to be careful. Those with queries can check out the Developer Support Resources.